Gary then offered to shoot some exclusives for us - we had to think about it for a millisecond before replying ‘YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS!’
So here we go…you ready?
Who has influenced your style over the years? My style has always been influenced by the feel of a look. It has to be an extension of the story of that day or moment of time. I’m pretty fearless in the way I present myself when I walk out of the house. I enjoy mixing the masculine with the feminine. If I feel like a star then that’s all that matters. And that’s how I want people to feel if they are in front of my camera.
What would you say are the fundamental elements that make up a Gary Gangi shoot? My main elements are studio settings, portraits that pop and photo manipulation. Basically the furthest thing away from a J.C. Penny catalogue you can get.
How do you make people relax for the shoot? Beer, whisky or wine usually helps people relax well. A fully stocked bar is a cornerstone for all shoots. I invite people to come have fun and the photos become the memories. I’m not changing the world, just trying to make people smile.
It finally seems like the Queer Hip Hop scene has had enough of keeping things on the downlow. We’ve recently seen Mykki Blanco, Nicky Da B and Zebra Katz hit the headlines while our friends Big Dipper, AB Soto and Rica Shay continue to tour sell-out venues across the US. (When are you heading this way, guys?)
QBoy was the UK’s first openly-out MC and has been making music since 2001. He was also a founder of the genre ‘homo hop.’ He released his debut LP, Moxie, in 2009, and a Remix Edition in 2011. Right now he’s fronting two London club nights. There’s PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH, 80s/90s RnB/Hip Hop and also GULLY, Hardcore Rap - both happening next week. QBoy also tells us he’s working on something special with Larry T. Let’s see what else he has to say…
Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle did you want to be? Turtles were not my era. I wanted to be He-Man…or She-Ra…or her winged unicorn Swift Wind…but mostly Cheetara from Thundercats ;-)
What’s your favourite Tina Turner lyric? "A church house, gin house, School house outhouse, On highway number nineteen, The people keep the city clean" because as someone said to me once, you can never be stuck on what to write a song about, just look at Nut Bush City Limits. It’s a song about a place with simple lyrics explaining it’s contents…and it became a hit song.
It’s our first date. Where are we going? Date? Oh, I’m far too efficient for dates. We staying at home and getting to the point.
Which group were you in at High School? I guess you didn’t see the Channel 4 documentary I did about being bullied at school - I was in a group all on my own (wha wha wha)
If you got arrested for stalking anyone who would it most likely be? I never get caught stalking. Far too deft on my feet. Oh by the way, I got those naked Bieber shots you asked for.
Who is your favourite supermodel? Beth Ditto - she’s unique.
What is the most expensive item of clothing in your wardrobe? My trainers. Some kind of multi-coloured Nike affair.
Which song do you wish you could hear again for the first time? The intro to Lil’ Kim’s debut HARD CORE album. The first time around, being so young and used to more commercial pop rap, it was quite shocking and I almost took the CD back to the shop! Of course, I didn’t, it stayed in the CD player for months. Deep inside I love a slut.
Would you sleep with Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock? Who?
Finally, tell us a secret… It wouldn’t be a secret then would it?
I spent the last three months of 2012 in San Francisco and hung out with some of the most amazing performers - one night we even got up on stage ourselves but that’s another story. One of our best friends and favourite talents was Sparklez. She’s got a range to rival Klaus Nomi, she’s as happy rapping alongside Rica Shay as she is belting out Purcell’s ‘Dido’s Lament’ and she’s even down with the occult - but we’ll talk about that another time.
Who is your favourite mean girl? Cady. She has a good heart and I mean who doesn’t wanna try to bring down the system for the inside out?! Cady’s character tells us to beware of not becoming a pawn of the system.
Who is your favourite 90s pin up? Pam Anderson. Baywatch. Hot blonde bombshell. Need I say more?
What would you wear at your funeral? I will be wearing all black, looking very goth chic. I will not be in a casket. I will be sitting in front of the alter in a throne as I want to be plasticized.
What’s your favourite scary movie and why? Candyman. It was super scary it took place in the ruins of Cabrini Green in Chicago which was hella scary enough. But add some bees, stand in front of the mirror, chant candyman 5 x and you will be pissing your pants.
What would your drag alter-ego be like? Ru Paula Deen. Hey Y’all add one quarter butter with one quarter sequins. Blonde hair with enough Aqua Net to cause an asthma attack. Fierce wit. Blend together with a MAC fiber optics brush and there you have it. And don’t fuck it up!
Who belongs in The Burn Book? We will just call them K.A.M. Ruining children’s dreams and hopes for life
What album turns the sidewalk into a catwalk? Scissor Sisters Night Work especially the Running Out song
Where do you sit at the cinema? I like to sit in the middle of everything mostly but if it is a scary movie i wanna sit in the front to be super scared.
What is in your right pocket right now? I’m wearing picky boo leggings. No pockets.
It’s our first date. Where are we going? Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food Restaurant, 328 Lenox Ave, New York, NY, after a matinee at the Metropolitan Opera.
And finally, tell us a secret… I am a Britney fan.
We featuredBig Dipper's EP earlier this week and it's available to download free right over…here. It features our jam from the Summer - ‘Summertime Realness’ (feat.Rica-Shay below) as well as the filthy new single ‘Meat Quotient’ and more. Now let’s get under that cap…
’Let me jerkie your beef and marinade on your schlong!’ We saw him perform in San Francisco and now you can download Big Dipper's 'They Ain't Ready EP' 100% free of charge -http://bit.ly/10cf2W8 It includes ‘Meat Quotient’ and also ‘Summer Time Realness’ withRica Shay. ♥ ♥ (You can read our interview with him over here -http://bit.ly/RXEjc0)
A few weeks ago we featured our interview with upcoming MC Rica Shay. He’s just written us this exclusive piece about the state of the Gay Hip-Hop World today. See what he has to say and then check out some of the performers below…
"It’s really exciting how queer hip-hop has taken off in the past year. I feel like we’re an army of boys in booty shorts and girls in baggy t-shirts changing the heteronormative thoughts of today’s society. The queer community has been a huge inspiration when it comes to my lyrical content. I’ve been influenced by; drag queens, gay activists, the ballroom scene, leather daddies, and club kids. It’s nice see other artists that have been effected in the same way doing their thing. Personally I’ve had my eye on AB Soto, he’s a cute little thing that puts on one fierce high-energy show. I was also really impressed with Le1f’s performance in his video for “Wut”. The song is incredibly catchy and Le1f was on point with his rhymes, moves, and fashions. I look forward to see who else comes out of the woodwork in the years to come.”